Mark Gross swings with soul and rhythm along today's jazz vanguard, pushing forward relentlessly while holding true to the classic sound. He has performed on over 40 notable recordings, including two Grammy-winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band -- "What Goes Around" and "Overtime" -- and two CDs of his own -- "Preach Daddy" and "Riddle of the Sphinx." Mark has toured with his own quartet and many fellow pacesetters in jazz, including Philip Harper, Nat Adderley, Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Heath, and Freddie Hubbard to name a few.
He has performed on Broadway: in "Five Guys Named Moe," "Kat and the Kings," and "Apartheid." Mark also appeared in the exciting musical, "Swing" and in "Malcolm X," Spike Lee's acclaimed motion film.
Mark credits his prolific sound to a rich appreciation for the Gospel music that resounded through his parents' Baltimore home. (His father was Pastor of his hometown Mt. Zion Church.) Mark earned a BA Degree in Music Performance at Berklee College of Music. Two of Berklee's best professors, Joe Viola and Bill Pierce, helped fine-tune his musicianship. Upon graduation in 1988, Mark Gross began his musical caravan in JAZZ.
"I have had the pleasure to play Yanagisawa saxophones for many years now and have found it to be the best saxophone built during my lifetime. I proudly play Yanagisawa saxophones for the resonance of its sound, the fluidity of its table mechanism, and the durability of the instrument. Hands down, it's the best saxophone on the planet." Mark Gross
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